John Salazar

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John T. Salazar, a Democrat, represented the third Congressional district of Colorado in the United States House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011. Pueblo, Durango and Grand Junction are in Salazar's district.


Record and controversies

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Americans for Democratic Action 90 - 18/20 85 - 17/20
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U.S. Chamber of Commerce 60 - 12/20 not avail.

Iraq War

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Environmental record

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Salazar was born July 21, 1953 in Alamosa, Colorado, but calls Manassa, Colorado home. He is married to Mary Lou Salazar and has three children. His brother, Ken Salazar, was also elected in 2004 to represent Colorado in the U.S. Senate.

Salazar served in the U.S. Army from 1973-1976, and is a farmer and rancher, raising cattle, potatos, wheat, barley, and hay. He also served on the Colorado Agricultural Commission from 1999-2002 and in the Colorado House of Representatives. from 2003 until 2004.

Salazar, who grew up on his parents' farm and ranch, is concerned with conservation, particularly when it comes to water rights. He has said his top priority on Capitol Hill will be ensuring that water derived from the snow melt of Colorado's Western Slope will stay in his district instead of being sent to California or Nevada. Though a Democrat, he has conservative leanings -- he opposes expanding gun control and supports permanent repeal of the inheritance tax. He also supports allowing Americans to buy cheaper prescription drugs from Canada.

As a veteran, a son of a veteran, and father of a child serving in the Colorado National Guard (as of 2004), Salazar has also been vocal against cuts to veterans' benefits and has criticized the Bush administration's proposed cuts to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Scott Tipton, and the Libertarian Party nominated Bert L. Sargent to face Salazar in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Salazar retained his seat.

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Colorado superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, John Salazar, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.

Money in politics

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Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

  • House Committee on Agriculture
    • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
    • Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research
    • Subcommittee on Specialty Crops, Rural Development and Foreign Agriculture Programs

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Board Member, Reo Grande Water Conservation District, 1990-1994
  • Member, Colorado State Agricultural Commission
  • Board Member, Governor's Economic Development Advisory

Boards and other Affiliations

  • Dr. Michael P. Espinoza Challenge for Success
  • Manasa Elementary School, Basketball Basics For Leadership Training
  • Saint Joseph's Parish Youth Group.

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on John Salazar. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 1421 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-5261 Fax: 202-225-3719
    Webform email
District offices
  • 609 Main Street, #6, Alamosa, CO 81101,
    Ph: 719-587-5105 Fax: (none entered)
  • 700 Main Avenue, Suite F, Durango, CO 81301
    Ph: 970-375-3264 Fax: (none entered)
  • 225 North 5th Street, Suite 702, Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Ph: 970-245-7107 Fax: (none entered)
  • 134 West B Street, Pueblo, CO 81003
    Ph: 719-543-8200 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
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